Hello and thanks in advance for the help. I have (had) two hives that were both dead when I checked them last week during a very brief warm spell here in PA. I keep my bees in a shed with an open front that has oak 2x4s with spikes in them to deter bears. I have had lots of problems with bears in the past. Upon inspection I found both clusters dead with capped honey in frames around them. I believe they died because of the cold and they were not able to get to frames with honey. My bees have a great wind break because of the shed but they get only morning sun. Do you guys think that the shade that the shed provides could have contributed to excessive cold in the hive? My thinking is that even in the brutal cold temps we have had, the bees could have moved to frames that had honey on them if they had more sun light to bring the temps up in the hive during the day.